Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

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I love my pediatrician.  I say this not only because she is good at her job, helpful, and considerate, but also because she is perfect for our family.  What I mean is that she fit my criteria for a pediatrician.  It’s not easy to find one that will take home births, practice a split vaccination schedule, is a woman (I know it’s strange, but I prefer women doctors for everything), and actually takes the time to sit down, look you in the eye and talk to you.

She and I get along great.  She has accepted that I am a “crunchy” mama, and I have accepted that she must tell me certain things because it is her job.  She knows I will be the one that balks at the chicken pox and MMR vaccinations, will “accidentally” lost her referral for unnecessary blood work, and will politely say, “I understand completely,” when she tells me she cannot support my decision to feed my son unpasteurized milk, all the while knowing I have a bottle of it next to me in the diaper bag.

I am telling you this because when she told me she recommended getting a diaper rash cream with zinc oxide in it I almost flipped.  You’ll be glad to know that my reaction never showed on the outside.  I simply smiled and nodded.  I just couldn’t believe she was telling me, of all people, a cloth diapering mama, something like that!  Now, I have nothing against zinc oxide.  Being a pasty white girl I’ve come to appreciate it a lot over the years.  The problem is that my cloth diapers don’t like the ointments and creams that contain the zinc oxide.  The oils and other chemicals in them cause diaper buildup and a nasty fishy smell.  Gross!

I had to find an alternative though because my son’s bum was suffering.  That is why when Stephanie, author of Keeper of the Home posted on how to make your own diaper rash cream, I immediately pinned it and headed over to Amazon to order the products necessary to make my own.  According to Stephanie the beeswax found in the cream “binds the oil and zinc oxide together into a cream that absorbs into the skin, and won’t ruin your cloth diapers.”  That would make not only my pediatrician happy, but my cloth diapers and wallet happy as well.  Plus, Stephanie’s recipe, based on Simply Soothing rash cream from MadeOn Skin Care Products, contains zinc oxide which is what my son needed to clear up his rash.


  • 1/8 cup beeswax
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 Tbsp zinc oxide powder
  • Essential oils (optional)


Set up your double boiler.  Measure out the coconut oil and beeswax and pour them in and, watching carefully, warm at a medium-low setting until both are completely melted  Note:  The original recipe says to pour the ingredients into a glass bowl and melt using a double boiler, but you don’t have to go to all that trouble.  I did set up a double boiler, but I just poured it directly into the top rather than using a glass bowl.  Once the mixture has melted, pour it into a glass bowl and add zinc oxide.  Using a blender or mixer, blend for several minutes until the powder is completely dissolved.  Pour into containers to cool and solidify.  Note:  I found that 8 oz. Mason jars are the perfect size to hold one batch.  Also, after letting it sit at room temperature a bit I placed mine in the refrigerator to speed up the process. 

I was quite impressed with the final product.  My son’s rash is already looking better, and now I have an awesome “go-to” project for baby shower gifts!  The one set back is how chilly it gets here at night now.  Every morning I wake up to find my little jar of diaper rash cream is a complete solid!  It’s nothing that a little friction can’t cure though.  I don’t mind because it makes my hands feel soft too!  You can tell by the photo below that I couldn’t even wait to take a picture before I was already dipping in and trying it out!

What have you found that works best for diaper rash?



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